I'm a little behind with this journal prompt because I have no idea what do with it. We never really counted down the days until Xmas, except to say out loud there were this many days until Xmas. I have a vague memory of an advent calendar one year, maybe even 2 years. It was on the fridge and had perforated windows you had to be careful pulling open. There was a picture behind them & possibly some sort of treat. I'm hazy on that part. I remember feeling excited to open the windows & not liking taking turns with my brother. I have no idea how old I was but I'm assuming somewhere between 5 and 10. I connect this memory with grade school, possibly CCD, which would make it 5 and 8. It just wasn't something that caught on.
I'd like to do something like that now but I am not sure just what we would be counting down...Santa, Jesus's birth, the Solstice?
We could count the days until Santa I suppose, but I don't see many secular 'advent' calendars out there counting the days until Santa arrives. I admit I haven't done much looking either. Finding a Solstice calendar seems even more impossible. This leaves the traditional advent calendar. But why would we count down the days until the birth of someone else's God? Pagans are very inclusive in general and I could probably just stick an advent calendar on my wall & get on with it if it was just me & DH. But sooner or later Havoc & Mayhem are going to ask that question and I need an answer. We celebrate the spirit of giving and the interconnectedness of all things on December 25th. Our dying & reborn god was born on the Solstice a few days earlier.
I suppose I could put together a Douglas Adams inspired countdown calendar with things like "Today a butterfly beat it's wings in China and the breeeze was felt here" or "It's Christmas Eve. Do you know where you towel is?" as the motivational quotes, mixed in with some general love your fellow humans, we are all connected, stuff. That's not a bad idea actually... next year I'll take a better look around at advent calendars & see what is out there.